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Sep 26, 2022

Sourdough Maple Pecan Muffins

Sourdough maple pecan muffins filled with chopped toasted pecans and real maple syrup. Plus, these muffins are a great way to use up leftover sourdough starter. 

Sourdough Maple Pecan Muffins on mini cake stands.

These muffins are delicious warm from the oven and slathered in butter. They are easy to make, with very few dishes to wash.... even less if you use a kitchen scale to measure the ingredients directly into the mixing bowl. 

Sep 24, 2022

Black Coffee Ice Cream

This black coffee ice cream brings the wonderful flavor and aroma of fresh roasted coffee to your favorite dessert. 

Coffee ice cream in two white bowls topped with caramel sauce.


The temperature here tomorrow is supposed to hit about 90 degrees. This makes me think of ice cream... and my dad. I don't think a day went by that my dad did not have a bowl of ice cream. I love ice cream too with a capital "L." If I were to assemble a list of my top 5 favorite foods, ice cream would be on it. 

Sep 20, 2022

Rustic Grape and Almond Paste Cake

Take advantage of the fresh, plump grapes available in the fall and treat yourself to a delicious rustic grape and almond cake.

Grape and Almond Paste Cake on a stand with a piece on a black plate in front.

This grape and almond paste cake will convince you that you really should bake with grapes more often. I love how baking them makes them even sweeter. 

Sep 18, 2022

German Potato Salad

This comforting German potato salad, with pork, potatoes, and a vinegary dressing, is delicious, and it goes with anything that you might serve with any potato dish. 

German Potato Salad in white bowls.

This German potato salad is super tangy and packed with bacon flavor. It is definitely a contrast to the traditional American mayonnaise-based potato salad. 

Sep 17, 2022

New England Style Hot Dog Buns Using Tangzhong

These New England-style split top hot dog buns are so soft and fluffy. They are perfect for your favorite hot dog, sausage, or lobster roll. 

What makes New England style hot dog buns different is that they are split at the top rather than the side, stand up straight, and the sides are buttered and grilled before they are filled. 

Tuscan White Bean Soup

This simple Tuscan bean soup is pure comfort food. It's simply beans simmered in a broth flavored with onions, carrots, and celery, along with a meaty ham hock. 

Tuscan White Bean Soup in a white bowl.

What's beautiful about this Tuscan white bean soup is you can make it your own by adding some kale, carrot slices, Swiss chard, or other vegetables. 

Sep 16, 2022

Pletzel (Jewish Onion Board)

This delicious bread is pletzel. It's an Ashkenazi Jewish flatbread and is sometimes called Onion Board. 

Pletzel on a wooden board cut into pieces.

Pletzel is topped with onions and poppy seeds, just like bialys. It's kind of a cross between focaccia and and a bialy. Typically it is shaped either in a board or a disk (called an onion disk). 

Hot Buttered Lobster Rolls with Homemade New England Style Buns

These hot buttered lobster rolls, or Connecticut-style lobster rolls, are filled with warm, sweet lobster tossed with melted butter and a little bit of red onion and finished with only a sprinkling of chives. 

Lobster roll with potato chips on a blue plate.

Unlike the Maine or New England-style lobster roll, which is filled with cold lobster salad, the lobster in the Connecticut-style lobster roll is served hot and bathed in melted butter before being stuffed into a buttery toasted split-top bun. 

Sep 13, 2022

Homemade Pretzel Bites

These soft pretzel bites have all of the chewy texture and flavor of your favorite street vendor pretzel in a poppable little bite. 

Homemade Pretzel Bites in armitale bowls.

It's so hard to stop eating these warm, soft, and chewy pretzel bites when they emerge from the oven. Once you try one, you'll be completely obsessed. 

Sep 11, 2022

Adobo Chicken Wings

This take on chicken adobo is made with everyone's favorite hearty bar snack game day snack, chicken wings. 

If you love wings, you will definitely love these. The taste is so umami rich with a nice tang from the vinegar in the marinade and sauce. 

Sep 9, 2022

Maple Pecan Biscotti

These maple and pecan biscotti are super crunchy and flavorful, perfect for dipping in your morning coffee and for snacking anytime you want a satisfying treat.  

Biscotti on a gray plate.

Biscotti, also known as Cantucci, is an Italian (originally from Tuscany) hard and crunchy cookie, or "biscuit," You can dip them in coffee, tea, or dessert wine, such as vino santo. Typically they have almonds or pine nuts. 

Sep 7, 2022

Ukranian Spinach and Potato Dumplings

These spinach and potato dumplings, or varenyky, are tasty little half moon shaped treats filled with a mixture of potatoes, spinach, onions, and zucchini. 

Ukranian Spinach and Potato Varenyky on plates.


There are many versions of these dumplings in Ukraine, both sweet and savory. They are typically boiled and can be eaten straight from the pot, or fried after boiling, often with sour cream on the side. 

Sep 6, 2022

Maple Pecan Oat Bread

This maple pecan oat bread will be a tasty addition to your breakfast or brunch table. 

Maple Pecan Oat Bread slices in a bowl.

While this maple, pecan, and oat yeasted bread is baking, your house will smell amazing. 

Sep 5, 2022

Maple Syrup Pancake Cookies

These Maple Syrup Pancake Cookies are a delicious version of your favorite fall weekend breakfast in a cookie form. 

Maple Syrup Pancake Cookies in a small casserole dish.

When fall rolls around (and it can't be soon enough after this long hot summer), you'll enjoy these totally maple-y "pancake" cookies. 

Sep 4, 2022

Brookies | Half Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie

These Brookies, made with a mash up of chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie batter and baked into a cookie, are perfect for when you can't decide whether or not you want one or the other. 

Brookies stacked in a bowl.

These brookie cookies are the perfect combination of brownie and chocolate chip cookie. They are soft and chewy in the middle and slightly crispy on the edges. Plus, they are loaded with a combination of the flavors of everyone's two favorite childhood desserts (with the exception of ice cream and birthday cake).